So, it is a Sunday and that is the time when normal humans chill, relax and say wtf to life in general. That should be the norm so Anu decided to do the same.
Besides, it has been ages since she stepped out like that alone!!! Aaahhh!!! Help!!!
The plan was laid out a day before yet on the appointed day, she woke up with butterflies in her stomach.
Oh! I have to go out. Wear something nice… the distance from her door to the gate of the apartment complex looked scary. Transport, no teleport pleaseee….
She waited like a burglar for the blanket of darkness I mean morning brightness, figuring out that in the height of noon with the Sun blazing from above, not a soul should be found outside. She will not have to look up and explain, ‘ So, you are……’.
Cold sweat broke out on her damp nose under the blazing sun. She put on a dress and covered herself with a shrug, to add another layer of hiding, she picked up her umbrella and walked, no hopped, no it was walking only, but maybe a little quick… She rushed to the road, a few eyes stuck to her, oh! god look away, look away, her heart cried as she gathered her shrug and umbrella closer to herself.
Then came the savior, the auto wala bhaiya and she lunged forward, pushing aside pedestrians, oops!!! there were none, the auntie selling coconuts looked worried said, ‘ yeah, he is waiting, hmm waiting’ as if she could read her pain.
Hopping into the auto she cried, ‘bhaiyaji, jaldi chalo theatre!!!’, it was not a chase but it looked like one and finally she landed at the theatre. Bravery struck and she sat upright, maybe uptight. Families posed for groupies, she wanted a selfie too but was hesitant and smiled uncomfortably at her phone.
She picked it up a few times and pretended to talk to someone, then acting really busy, she frowned continuously making suitable clucking noises demonstrating the busyness of her success.
Even before the film started waters cascaded from her eyes followed by muffled sniffles and silenced bawls that one man turned around curiously!
Not me! she pointed at the person sitting next to her.
Well! after her grand adventure while resting at home, I approached to ask her a few questions but she shooed me away!
Oh! the film, I think she was watching her own movie in her head, self obsession is something after all! And I know these socially anxious types very well!!
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